Are you tired of constantly starting new weed plants from seed or clones, only to harvest them a few months later and start the process all over again? Well, there’s a solution to this never-ending cycle: revegging weed plants!
Re-vegging weed plants is the process of taking a mature, flowering plant and forcing it to revert back to its vegetative state, allowing it to grow and produce buds again! Let’s say it’s a way to hack the nature of our plant.
This technique may seem daunting at first, but it offers a plethora of benefits, including increased yield, better quality buds, and cost savings.
We know that sounds excellent and that is why we’ll dive into the world of revegging and explore the benefits, the process, and the common challenges that come with it. So, if you want to take your weed growing game to the next level, pay attention and learn how to get the most out of this technique.
Let’s get started!
What is Re-vegging?
Re-vegging weed plants is a technique that can be used to extend the life of a cannabis plant, increase the yield of buds it produces, help to save money (by not having to purchase new seeds or clones) and allows growers to use the same plants for multiple harvests.
The revegging weed plants technique consists of changing the light cycle of the plant from 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness, to 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness (or 24/0 in some cases).
This simulates the conditions of spring and summer, and prompts the plant to stop flowering and start growing new leaves and branches. Returning the plant to its vegetative state, allowing it to grow and produce buds again.
Types of Re-vegging
There are several ways for a cannabis plant to transition from the flowering phase to the vegetative stage. Let’s explore the different and most common types of revegging weed plants:
Accidental re-vegging is when a cannabis plant unexpectedly reverts back to its vegetative state due to a disturbance in its photoperiod schedule. This can happen both indoors and outdoors and is usually caused by a light leak or a light timer malfunction when growing indoors, or by planting outside too early in the season when growing outdoors.
It can be frustrating for growers who have been working hard to get their plants to flower, but it can also be an opportunity to experiment and learn more about the plant’s behavior. Some growers may choose to continue the re-vegging process and try to achieve multiple harvests from the same plant. Others may choose to start the flowering process again, but with a better understanding of how to avoid future light cycle disturbances.
This is probably the most straightforward method, where you can harvest a cannabis plant for buds and then re-veg it for a second growing season. This approach is typically used with indoor plants, as it allows growers to control the amount of light the plants receive, which is essential for the re-vegging process.
Monster Cropping Clones
Monster-cropping is a technique of re-vegging cannabis plants also known as “FIMing” (Fuck I Missed), that involves taking clones from a mature flowering plant and cutting the top of the stem, leaving a few leaves on top. This procedure will trigger the plant to grow multiple new branches, thus providing multiple clones.
It can be a bit tricky growing technique and requires some experience and knowledge, but with the right approach, it can be a great way to increase the yield and life of your weed plants.
The Advantages of Re-vegging Cannabis Plants
Re-vegging cannabis plants can offer a number of benefits to growers. Some of these advantages include:
- Increase yields: Some re-vegging methods can create more vigorous and bushier plants. When done correctly, these clones can lead to plants with higher yields because they have more vegetative growth, stronger stems and branches, and more places for buds to grow.
- Reduce vegetative periods: A cannabis plant that has been grown for a whole season will have a strong and intricate root system. If you want to grow it again, it will quickly go through its next growth phase if it already has a developed root system. However, it will take longer for new plants grown from clones or seeds to establish their roots.
- Eliminate mother plants: Some growers keep mother plants, which are only used for cloning. But this takes up a lot of space and time. An alternative is re-vegging, where you can get rid of the mother plants and use the space for plants that only produce buds. This also saves you time and resources because you don’t have to take care of the mother plants anymore.
- Preserving a phenotype: When cloning a weed plant, growers usually need to take a clone before it starts to flower. If they don’t, they will lose that specific plant’s genes (phenotype). Re-vegging is the only way to preserve an exact copy of a particular phenotype after it has started to flower.
The Disadvantages of Re-vegging Weed Plants
Re-vegging weed plants may not be the best choice for every grower, as it also presents some disadvantages. Some of these include:
- Stress on the plant: Re-vegging is very hard on a plant, and even if it works, the plant can have issues like strange leaf growth or change of sex. Re-vegged plants are more fragile and need more care and attention.
- Difficulty Level: Re-vegging is difficult, even for experienced growers. It can take several weeks for new growth to appear, so you may be wasting time and space waiting for nothing to happen.
Re-vegging Weed: Common Issues And Solutions
Re-vegging cannabis plants may seem like an easy and straightforward process, but it is not without its challenges. As growers, we must be aware of the potential obstacles that may arise and be prepared to address them quickly and effectively.
These are the most common challenges that growers face when re-vegging cannabis plants and the potential solutions:
Pests And Diseases:
Re-vegging cannabis plants can be more susceptible to pests and diseases because they are in a constant state of growth. Regularly inspecting plants for signs of infestation and addressing the issue promptly can help prevent major damage.
As plants are in a constant state of growth, they may require more nutrients than usual. Growers should monitor the plants for signs of nutrient deficiencies and adjust the nutrient regimen accordingly.
Time And Energy Consumption:
Re-vegging cannabis plants requires more time and energy than starting new plants from seed or clones. Growers should be prepared to devote more time and energy to the re-vegging process.
Not all strains of cannabis are suitable for re-vegging, and some may not respond well to the process. It’s essential to choose a strain that is known to re-veg well before starting the process.
Revegging cannabis plants is a great way to get multiple harvests out of a single plant, thus maximizing yields and minimizing costs.
By understanding the basics of the revegging process and following proper techniques, growers can easily revive their plants and enjoy a bountiful harvest. Remember, the key to success is to be patient, persistent, and pay attention to the plants’ needs.